25 best open world games to play right now

Our best open world games list has already had a little shake-up this year with Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom building itself an opening into the top five. But, with Starfield and other open world games due to drop in the next few months, expect this list to change again soon. For now, however, the best open world games we’ve compiled represent a fantastic opportunity for foraying into some lovely digital wildernesses. 

What we will say is that only true open worlds can feature on this list, so something like Pokemon Legends: Arceus doesn’t make the list and the emptiness of Pokemon Violet and Scarlet’s open world means it too misses the list, though for different reasons.